I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Sincerly Yours, God

Writing a letter is hard enough, choosing how to end it can be confusing. Is it formal, personal, angry, or indifferent? How do you write your valediction? Here are some suggested closings:

Best, Best regards, Best wishes, Cheers, Cordially, Cordially yours, Faithfully, Faithfully yours, Fond regards, In appreciation, In sympathy, Kind regards, Kind thanks, Kind wishes, Many thanks, Regards, Respectfully, Respectfully yours, Sincerely, Sincerely yours, Thanks,Thank you, Thank you for your assistance in this matter, Thank you for your consideration, Thank you for your recommendation, Thank you for your time, Warm regards, Warm wishes, Warmly, With appreciation, With deepest sympathy, With gratitude, With sincere thanks, With sympathy, Your help is greatly appreciated, Yours, Yours cordially, Yours faithfully, Yours respectfully, Yours sincerely, Yours truly,

Americans usually use a word or phrase to communicate some feeling to close and express their final sentiment. It is a lost art form. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians about their high call to unity, why it is important, and how to achieve it. He comes to the end of his letter and scatches his head trying to figure out what to say, "sincerely yours" just wouldn't do, so he writes, 

 "Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible." Ephesians 6:23,244

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Peace to the brothers, a reminder that unity is achieved through peace and brings peace. When the body seeks to mend relationships, care for one another, and truly serve others then peace, the cessation of hostilities, can be reached and sustained. 

Love with faith reminds them that submitting to one another for the benefit of the other is only accomplished when we trust in God's promise that it will work. Love humbles, love sacrifices, love, honors, love exalts, love forgives, and sometimes love doesn't feel like the right thing to do when it seems to go against your own self interest. But when we believe that God desires our good then we reach out in love when it seems like the craziest thing ever.

From God the father of our lord Jesus Christ isn't just a pretty saying, it expresses the source of love, faith and peace. God is the giver of all good gifts, he is the author of creation, he sent his son, he loves us first, he is the beginning and the end, and he unites the hearts and minds of all who believe. True love and peace can only come from the father, because he is the only one who can provide them perfectly. Jesus is the mediator and intercessor who brings us together. It is his mind we pattern our attitudes after, and his strength that carries us through. We pursue the knowledge of him and rest in his sabbath, and it is all because he is the way, the truth, and the life. It all comes from the Father.

Grace be with all who love Jesus reminds us that God's love reaches down and offers us forgiveness, washes our sins, and allows us to stand before a holy God. For those who love and follow Jesus grace is lavishly applied and we confidently stand before the father. In like manner grace is extended between believers whose love covers a multitude of sins, asks for and extends forgiveness. We don't count wrongs, hold grudges, or seek revenge. The high call of unity longs for grace to permeate the body and is freely expressed through the love of Christ in us, the hope of glory lived out among the church.

With love incorruptible reminds us that only faith, hope, and love endure forever. Love conquers hate, love overcomes adversity, love prevails over circumstances, love covers transgressions, love comforts in sorrow, love sustains in weakness, love exalts the lowly, encourages the depressed, and offers hope to the hopeless. Love rages against the darkness and brings order out of chaos. When everything else is burned away, love stands incorruptible. 

Now that's a way to end a letter. I'm just saying.